GARTH’S CORNER: Tavares Suspension Looming?

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A few weeks ago, Boston SD’er Brad Marchand was suspended for slew footing an opponent during a game. He was correctly suspended two games for his jack assery.

On Saturday in Beantown, NY Islanders captain John Tavares slew footed Marchand. No penalty was called on the greasy play.

All things equal, shouldn’t Tavares be suspended for two games for his stupidity?

Fair is fair, right?

Tavares has never been suspended.

Buffalo Tank Nation supporters don’t want to see Tavares suspended for Sunday’s Sabres-Islanders game. Its a 5pm puck drop in Buffalo. Tank Nation will be up in arms if JT is suspended and the Sabres beat the Islanders. The Edmonton Oilers were trounced in Tronna on Saturday night while the Sabres stung the Stars 3-2. Tank Nation wants no part of a two game winning streak. The 30th place Sabres have 35 points. The 29th place Oilers have 37 points.

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Oilers blitzed 5-1 in Tronna

Sabres shank Stars 3-2

Buffalo Tankers Be Like #RichardShermanFacepic.twitter.com/UtY0WwQWDO

— SabresBuzz (@SabresBuzz) February 8, 2015

What a crappy Saturday night it was for Buffalo tanking advocates.

The majority of Buffalonians wrote a big fat “L” next to this game on their refrigerator magnet schedules.

No way in Hell that Lindy Ruff and his high-falootin’ Dallas Stars would lose to the 30th place Buffalo Sabres in the house that Lindy built. Right?

Wrong!

Latvian Locomotive Zemgus Girgensons scored a beauty of a goal and an assist. Chris Stewart added three assists, Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers also lit the red lamp to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win against Ruff and his Stars. Jhonas Enroth made 38 saves on 40 shots on the that he faced.

The Sabres took a dramatic 3-0 lead and held on for dear life to preserve the win in front of the home fans who wished and hoped for a later Stars scoring surge. Many fans in the building were heard cheering for a Stars third period comeback and regulation win.

Why the long faces, Buffalo Tank Nation?

Look no further than the Toronto Maple Leafs who laid a 5-1 curb stomping on the Edmonton Oilers while the Sabres were beating the Stars.

The 29th place Oilers have lost two straight games and now own 37 points. Edmonton are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The 30th place Sabres have two of their past three games and now have 35 points in the NHL standings. The Sabres are 2-8 in their last 10 games.

The Battle For McEichel rages on.

The Sabres get a chance to reverse their fortunes when they host John Tavares and the NY Islanders on Sunday afternoon. The Oilers travel to where Jimmy Hoffa lives to play the Devils on Monday night.

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Gronk.